Thursday, June 20, 2013

11 Months - Mob Dog

Poor Mad Dog started to look like Mob Dog.  The right side of her muzzle was quite swollen.  It was quite strange because it did not look like an allergic reaction being that the swelling was limited to just one side of her muzzle.  I thought it might be a sting, but the swelling did not respond to Benadryl and there was no wound or entry point to suggest a snake bite, dog nip, or foreign body.
The next day, the swelling started to subside, but a boil started to form.
I treated it with warm compresses and within a couple of days it started to drain.  Here it is just moment before popping.
The entire time I was also checking the inside of her mouth and under her lip to make sure nothing what happening on the inside.  Three days after this began, I noticed a hair  under her lip.  It was so odd looking; I was wondering if it was possible to have an ingrown hair or whisker grow in the wrong direction.
With Stephen's help, I used tweezers to pull out a splinter about 1/3 of an inch long.  OUCH!
I assumed this had to be the cause of the boil, but the weird thing is that the splinter was on the inside of the lip and at least an inch down from the location of the boil.
 Maddie was mostly a trooper through all of this.  She dealt with continuous inspections and numerous warm compresses.  Her tolerance was rewarded with special treats, of course.
The hair around the wound lost all of the hair because of the drainage.  Hopefully it will grow back quickly.  I will probably start taking more pictures of her left side for awhile.


Monkey said...

Brave girl. Do you think you would have found the splinter if it wasn't for the boil? Good job the boil alerted you to the splinter though.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Monkey, probably not... not unless something else was wrong such as not playing with toys. Or pawing at her face. Or eating really slow or not at all... but even with the boil she was still eating good and tugging like nothing bothered her.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Poor Mad Dog! Glad things seem to be resolving. I have some great pics of Kili at the dog park but she has random shaved patches all over because it was about 3 weeks after her surgery/ultrasounds.

Hazel said...

In the first two pics she did not look like she felt as well as usual, then after the boil drained she had her usual look in her eyes. I'm so glad you got that splinter out!

You and Steven are good vets!

Sweet baby Mad Dog

What Remains Now said...

Absolutely fascinating. As you say, what a trooper. Very brave and cooperative.

houndstooth said...

Ow-how-ouch! Man, that looks painful! Kuster's breeder recently had a really freak accident happen with one of her puppies where his face started swelling up after he was out in the yard with her. She gave him Benedryl and it went down some. Then a few days later, it blew up again, so they were off to the vet. He had a bone wedged up along his gumline and had surgery to get it out. It must be the week for crazy mouth problems! I'm glad Maddie's wasn't more serious!

Trina said...

Poor thing..that had to hurt. Glad you were able to pull it out though!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Ouch, poor Maddie doesn't look at all good in the first couple of photos! Amazing you managed to find the splinter. Yes, I'm sure Maddie will appreciate only being photographed on the left side for a while;)

Claire Krigbaum said...

Ooh, weird! I bet the hair grows back before you know it!